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  • Oklahoma health officials prepare for flu season

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a record-breaking 63 people died as a result of the flu during the 2013-14 flu season, Oklahoma health officials preparing for the coming season say educating the public is key to reducing both the deaths and the number of people who contract the virus. Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Becky...

  • Warner, Gillespie trade jabs in 1st Senate debate

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie had a heated exchange over women's health issues Saturday during their first debate, with Warner accusing Gillespie of wanting to "ban certain forms of common contraception." "This is an issue where you're making up my views,"...

  • Wanted: Manufacturers for new medical pot program

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After a long push to legalize medical marijuana, Minnesota's work has begun to put the medicine into patients' hands. The state has created an Office of Medical Cannabis and hired its director. But the program still needs to build technological systems to register patients, hire a doctor to manage research and,...

  • New England editorial roundup

    The Kennebec Journal of Augusta (Maine), July 21, 2014 As consumers, we take it for granted that the food we prepare for ourselves and our families is safe to eat. Unfortunately, all too often, it's not. Every year, food-borne illnesses sicken 48 million Americans (or one out of six), with 128,000 hospitalized and 3,000 killed. That's why...

  • Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh, who has built his election campaign for...

  • Red Cross says its facing looming blood shortage

    NEW YORK (AP) — The American Red Cross says it's facing a looming blood shortage. The organization says Friday that donations are down around 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. That's about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. They're calling on eligible donors of all blood types — especially O negative, B negative and A negative — to...

  • APNewsBreak: Study recommends inmate immunity test

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. A federal judge last...

  • Michigan police probe medical marijuana growers

    TROY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan police are investigating at least three medical marijuana grow operations in Troy that may violate state or local laws. Police said in a release Friday that the most recent incident uncovered building code violations involving electrical, mechanical and building modifications. The building's electrical and natural...

  • Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O'Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball. The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they...

  • Feds send 117 immigrant children to Delaware

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The federal government has placed with Delaware families 117 children who illegally immigrated alone across the southern U.S. border, Gov. Jack Markell says. The Democratic governor disclosed the development in a letter Thursday to state legislative leaders. He told the lawmakers "we are called upon to provide for the...

  • W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia board Friday suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where investigators found syringes were being reused. It was the second disciplinary action involving the doctor's license within a decade. Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. wasn't at the closed-door meeting of the West Virginia...

  • Nigeria confirms first Ebola death

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say a Liberian man died of Ebola in a Lagos hospital Friday after arriving in the country on Tuesday. It is the first case of Ebola to be confirmed in Nigeria since the current outbreak began in West Africa earlier this year. Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said all ports of entry in the...

  • New Mexico to continue using federal exchange

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico decided Friday to stick with a federal online system for another year to enroll individuals in health insurance plans. The state's health insurance exchange governing board voted 11-1 to continue using the federal computer system for determining eligibility and to enroll individuals starting in November when...

  • Officials report plague infections in animals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are reporting continued plague infections in animals in Albuquerque's east mountain area. The Departments of Health and Game and Fish say the latest cases include a mountain lion and a coati at the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. That's a small raccoon-like mammal. Both died from plague...

  • Police say Huron man passing out tainted peaches

    HURON, S.D. (AP) — Police in Huron are looking for an individual who took 46 cases of potentially contaminated peaches from a grocery store dumpster and has been passing them out around town. Fair City Foods in Huron recently announced they're recalling their peaches as part of a nationwide recall of peaches distributed by a California-based...

  • Women define trauma to share $190M Hopkins payout

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Thousands of women whose genitals might have been photographed during gynecological exams can share a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System. But they'll have to describe their trauma before seeing any money. That might be painful for some women who feel profoundly violated by Dr. Nikita Levy, who committed...

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